They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America, but now the Joshua Generation is rebelling.… Read the rest
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Segregation perpetuates discriminatory social norms and practices, shaping male attitudes about women and restricting the decisions and choices of women.… Read the rest
The essential claim: the shape variation among these four Dmanisi crania is approximately the same as the shape variation among all East African early Homo.… Read the rest
Inadequate in all categories.… Read the rest
The probabilities are vanishingly low for the God proposition.… Read the rest
Not in Afghanistan or Somalia, but Missouri.… Read the rest
Why? “Because they have to go through these range of emotions, but you have to keep them pretty.”… Read the rest
Jesus and Mo is anti-religious satire at its best, invariably humane, intelligent, and often very funny.… Read the rest
The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies strongly condemns the actions of the LSESU.… Read the rest
Includes an example of the cartoon – the one where Jesus says “Hi I’m Jesus.” Daring.… Read the rest
No cardinal was ever made to interrupt his education for an unplanned pregnancy; no bishop ever endured the pain, blood, and terror of a life-threatening labor.… Read the rest
Smart says Mitchell believed that anything in the world was his for the taking, and that he was a man who never cared for anyone even as he ranted about God.… Read the rest
She’s 16: not old enough, the judges ruled, to decide on her own to have an abortion. Old enough to bear and raise a child though.… Read the rest
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter urging House Republicans to shut down the government over insurance coverage for contraception.… Read the rest
“Islam prohibits killing women…except those that support the infidels in their war against our religion,” said their spokesman.… Read the rest
7% of pupils will receive instruction on secular belief systems starting next year. The other 93% of students go to schools run by the Catholic church.… Read the rest
Witchcraft accusation in Africa is still a reason to kill, torture, murder, lynch, abandon and exile children and elderly persons from their homes.… Read the rest
“They have been indicted…with defaming Islam, the Prophet Mohammed and other religions through their Internet writings. They spread malice against all religions,” the judge said.… Read the rest
Addressing the public, Malala said she was feeling very proud the building had been designed by a woman and the city was now her second home after her “beloved Pakistan”.… Read the rest